Monday, June 15, 2015

News: JCT600 on the hunt for more apprentices

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Bradford-based franchise motor firm, JCT600 is on the hunt for 27 new apprentices, and is particularly keen to hear from candidates for positions at its Rotherham dealership.

The family firm operates 50 dealerships across the North of England with an annual turnover in excess of £850m. It has a variety of roles as part of the apprenticeship scheme which will result in a total of 115 apprentices working in the business this year.

Following a record intake last year, positions include trainee service advisers, apprentice technicians and parts advisers. These apprenticeships run for two and three years and the successful apprentices gain NVQ Level 3 qualifications alongside IMI Technical Certificates.

JCT600 took on the Volkswagen dealership in Wickersley, Rotherham when it acquired Sheffield-based Gilder Group in 2013.

Chris Pape, who has just completed the first year of his three year apprenticeship as a technician with JCT600 York Audi, said: "Some members of my family work for JCT600 at its Volkswagen York dealership and they have nothing but good things to say about the company so I knew that the training would be excellent.

"My brother's a mechanic and I've wanted to work with cars all my life so the JCT600 apprenticeship was a dream come true. It means that I can work my way up and learn everything I can – as well as the on-the-job training, I also go down to Audi's headquarters in Milton Keynes for additional training. So far, I'm really enjoying it and plan to stay with JCT600 after my apprenticeship, hopefully carrying on with my training and working up to being a master technician."

Chris is one of just a handful of apprentices in the UK to have been shortlisted for the Audi Brand Apprentice of the Year Award.

John Tordoff, chief executive at JCT600, said: "Our apprentice scheme is once again proving very popular with over 200 applications received so far and more still coming in. Having successfully recruited a record number of apprentices last year, we are keen to keep up the momentum by continuing to attract and nurture young talent for the future.

"Already, the business is benefitting from the enthusiasm and fresh ideas provided by our existing apprentices and they too are feeling the benefit of our investment in developing their skills with 89% of our apprentices choosing to stay with JCT600 last year.

"Apprenticeships are a great alternative route into the workplace for school leavers, offering structured, on the job learning and enabling them to gain a recognised qualification while also earning a salary."

JCT600 website

Images: JCT600

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